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Building Technology Heritage Library

The Building Technology Heritage Library (BTHL) is primarily a collection of American and Canadian, pre-1964 architectural trade catalogs, house plan books and technical building guides. Trade catalogs are an important primary source to document past design and construction practices. These materials can aid in the preservation and conservation of older structures as well as other research goals.

About the Building Technology Heritage Library

The BTHL contains materials from various private and institutional collections. These materials are rarely available in most architectural and professional libraries. The first major architectural trade catalog collection is that of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, which encompasses more that 4,000 catalogs from the early 19th century through 1963. In addition to the architectural trade catalogs, the initial contributions include a large number of house plan catalogs, which will be of great interest to owners of older homes. The future growth of the Building Technology Heritage Library will also include contemporary materials on building conservation.

Searching the collection

The BTHL keywords include the standard subject headings used by the Library of Congress and an additional nomenclature used by the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). The CSI Master Format 2004 Numbers and Titles have been used for most materials. This will allow contemporary practitioners to search through historic archives with a modern nomenclature.

The Construction Specification Institute Master Format 2004 Numbers and Titles

Division 00 – Procurement and Contracting Requirements
Division 01 – General Requirements
Division 02 – Existing Conditions
Division 03 – Concrete
Division 04 – Masonry
Division 05 – Metals
Division 06 – Wood, Plastics, and Composites
Division 07 – Thermal and Moisture Protection
Division 08 – Openings
Division 09 – Finishes
Division 10 – Specialties
Division 11 – Equipment
Division 12 – Furnishings
Division 13 – Special Construction

Facility Services Subgroup

Division 21 – Fire Suppression
Division 22 – Plumbing
Division 23 – Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning
Division 25 – Integrated Automation
Division 26 – Electrical
Division 27 – Communications
Division 28 – Electronic Safety and Security

Site and Infrastructure Subgroup

Division 31 – Earthwork
Division 32 – Exterior Improvements
Division 33 – Utilities
Division 34 – Transportation
Division 35 – Waterway and Marine Construction

Process Equipment Subgroup

Division 40 – Process Integration
Division 41 – Material Processing and Handling Equipment
Division 42 – Process Heating, Cooling, and Drying Equipment
Division 43 – Process Gas and Liquid Handling, Purification and Storage Equipment
Division 44 – Pollution Control Equipment
Division 45 – Industry-Specific Manufacturing Equipment
Division 48 – Electrical Power Generation

About the Association for Preservation Technology

Association for Preservation Technology International is a cross-disciplinary, membership organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings. APT is an international organization based in North America. APT members, who hail from more than 30 countries, include preservationists, architects, engineers, conservators, consultants, contractors, crafts persons, curators, developers, educators, historians, landscape architects, students, technicians, and other persons directly involved in the application of methods and materials to maintain, conserve, and protect historic structures and sites for future use and appreciation. The international, interdisciplinary character of APT - with its outstanding publications, conferences, training courses, awards, student scholarships, regional chapters, and technical committees - makes it the premier worldwide network for anyone involved in the field of historic preservation.

Thanks to our sponsors and contributors:

The Building Technology Heritage Library has been supported by grants from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Historic Preservation Education Foundation, the National Center for Preservation Training and Technology and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. In kind contributions have been provided by the Association for Preservation Technology, the Internet Archive, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Mike Jackson, FAIA, and Dean Koga.

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Additional Collections

TOPIC
domestic architecture 1,034
Division 09 966
house plans -- catalogs 792
Division 26 669
Division 23 603
designs and plans 518
Division 08 491
Division 06 435
Division 05 404
Division 12 379
Division 07 371
HVAC 356
Division 22 308
Division 03 303
Division 10 273
paint -- catalogs 269
lighting 262
interior decoration 247
residential designs and plans 207
Division 04 204
light fixtures 194
heating 179
concrete 170
roofing 163
Division 11 161
house plans 157
Division 32 155
finishes 142
windows 137
paint 135
wood 117
Electrical 104
radiators 104
plumbing 95
openings 86
ventilation 85
Lighting 84
flooring 84
boilers 81
furnishings 81
roofing -- catalogs 80
furnaces 79
metals 78
lumber 77
doors 75
millwork 73
asbestos 72
wood windows 72
cement 69
plumbing fixtures 69
resilient flooring 68
kitchens 67
prefabricated 67
steel windows 67
heating -- catalogs 62
interior lighting fixtures, lamps, and ballasts 62
wood doors 62
ornamental metals 61
residential kitchen appliances 61
door hardware 60
Division 14 59
electric lighting -- catalogs 59
sheet metal 58
hardware 57
heating stoves 57
Plumbing 56
concrete forming 56
architectural woodwork 54
kit houses 54
wiring devices 53
residential plumbing fixtures 52
Division 33 51
interior painting 51
ranch houses 51
rugs 50
structural steel 50
Heating 49
flooring -- catalogs 49
woodwork 48
insulation 47
Exterior Lighting 46
kit homes 46
masonry 46
ranges 46
windows -- catalogs 46
asphalt shingles 45
lighting -- catalogs 45
steel 45
kitchen casework 44
metal roofing 44
electricity 43
exterior lighting 43
lighting fixtures 43
stoves 43
Finishes 42
furniture 42
heating boilers 42
bathrooms 41
concrete -- catalogs 41
storefronts 41
street lighting 41
window hardware 41
varnish 40
wood -- catalogs 40
Division 13 39
metal windows 39
plaster 39
doors -- catalogs 38
fans 38
fences and gates 38
plumbing fixtures -- catalogs 38
cabinets 37
furniture -- catalogs 37
lamps 37
unit heaters 37
wood trim 37
hardware -- catalogs 36
roadway lighting 36
batteries 35
exterior painting 35
painting and coating 35
rough carpentry 35
wood framing 35
fireplaces 34
plumbing -- catalogs 34
sheathing 34
tin ceilings 34
trees 34
Openings 33
garages 33
glass 33
linoleum 33
shrubs 33
Furniture 32
bridges 32
copper 32
decorative metal 32
light bulbs 32
brick masonry 31
building materials -- catalogs 31
farm buildings 31
painting 31
Wood Plastics and Composites 30
air conditioning 30
steam heating 30
tile 30
Cabinets 29
Kitchens 29
brick 29
electric lighting 29
prefabricated houses 29
structural concrete 29
Division 41 28
bungalows 28
carpets 28
cottages 28
electrical 28
kitchens -- catalogs 28
metal lath 28
plants 28
timber 28
Kitchen casework 27
display windows 27
glazing 27
gutters 27
ornamental woodwork 27
plants and bulbs 27
specialties 27
wood stairs 27
Building materials -- Catalogs 26
Metals 26
Thermal and Moisture Protection 26
concrete reinforcing 26
cypress 26
domestic architecture -- catalogs 26
paints 26
wall coverings 26
wallpapering 26
woodwork -- catalogs 26
agricultural buildings 25
aluminum 25
ceramic tile 25
interior lighting 25
structural steel framing 25
stucco 25
wallpaper -- catalogs 25
walls 25
Concrete 24
Interior Lighting 24
Refrigeration 24
building materials 24
elevators 24
gas lighting -- catalogs 24
mouldings 24
shingles 24
stoves -- catalogs 24
wood posts and columns 24
furnace 23
illumination 23
lath 23
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Title
Date Published
Creator
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Modern Home Plans
10,427
5
1
48 p., illus., plans, 28 cm
( 1 reviews )
Topics: house plans -- catalogs, domestic architecture, residential designs and plans, ranch houses
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Douglas Fir Plywood Assoc.
7,551
12
1
38 p., illus., plans, 28 cm
( 1 reviews )
Topics: house plans --- catalogs, domestic architecture, residential designs and plans, vacation houses,...
48 p., illus., 28 cm, trade literature
( 1 reviews )
Topics: electrical, Division 26, wiring
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Fort Pitt Hardware Co.
5,408
7
1
309 p. illus. (BW line drawings, trade catalog
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Division 08, openings, hardware, door hardware, tools
24 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 21 cm., trade catalog
Topics: mahogany, Division 06, wood, lumber, furniture
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Darling Brothers Limited
4,739
0
0
Darling Centrifugal Pumps, CCA ID:93-B1068, 1942
Topics: Division 22, pumps, centrifugal pumps
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Canadian Engineering Publications/ Later edition by Guild Publications Ltd
4,218
1
0
Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA ID 85-B13666, ca.1959, 336 p, 29 cm
Topics: construction materials, architectural materials, manufactures catalog
Building Technology Heritage Library
by G. I. Sellers and Sons. Co.
3,598
3
0
28p, B&W illus and photos, trade catalog
Topic: Kitchens, Cabinets, Furniture, Kitchen casework, Division 12, furnishings
Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA CORM10; ID:91-B2143, ca.1941, 718 p, 28 cm
Topics: Division 05, Metals, Division 23, HVAC, Instrumentation and Control for HVAC, prospectus, valves...
280 p. : ill. ; 28 cm., trade catalog
Topics: electrical, Division 26, wiring devices
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Canadian General Electric Company Limited
2,958
3
0
Canadian catalog, equipment for commercial, industrial and floodlighting requirements, Catalog 49L, CCA ID:87-B14795, 235 p., 1949
Topics: Division 26, Lighting, Lighting fixtures, luminaires
23 p., 28 cm
Topics: oil stoves, cook stoves, water heaters, Division 15
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Emerson Electric Manufacturing Co.
2,932
1
0
25 p., ill., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: fans, ceiling fans, exhaust fans
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Northern Electric Company Ltd
2,900
0
0
Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA ID:85-B7501, ca. 1945, 964 p, 28 cm
Topics: Division 26, Electrical, Electrical Systems, Electrical Equipment
168 p. ; ill. ; 32 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: commercial ranges, heating stoves, furnaces, heating boilers -- catalogs, Division 10, Division 11,...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Seth Thomas Clock Co.
2,478
3
1
72 p, B&W illus and photos
( 1 reviews )
Topics: clocks, exterior clocks, tower clocks
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Johns-Manville Corporation
2,472
0
0
Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA ID:96-B1912, 1948, 54 p, 28 cm
Topics: Division 07, Thermal and Moisture Protection, Steep Slope Roofing, Roofing and Siding Panels,...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Armstrong Cork Co.
2,298
5
0
352 p, color photos and plates, trade catalog
Topic: Flooring, linoleum, Division 09, finishes
32 p. : ill., plans ; 25 cm., trade catalog
Topics: wall board, Division 06, cementitious sheathing, asbestos, asbestos-cement panels, domestic...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Superior Fire Place Co.
2,113
1
0
51 p., illus., 22 x 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: fireplaces, Division 10, specialties, masonry fireplaces, interior decoration
23 p., illus., 22 x 29 cm, trade catalog
Topics: fireplaces, Division 10, specialties, masonry fireplaces, interior decoration
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Home Plan Book Co.
2,054
2
0
52 p, B&W illus and photos
Topics: house plans -- catalogs, domestic architecture, residential designs and plans
1119 p. : ill. ; 24 cm., trade catalog
Topics: telephone equipment, Division 27
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Benjamin Electrical Mfg Co. of Canada, Limited
1,947
1
0
Catalog C25, CCA ID:93-B1080, 196 p., 1926
Topics: Division 26, wiring devices, switches, sockets, lighting
Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA ID:92-B2623, 1914, 389 p, 30 cm
Topics: Division 04, Masonry, Brick, Terra Cotta, Division 05, Metals, Metals, Metal Fabrication,...
Our general catalogue of paints, enamels, lacquers, stains, varnishes, kalsomines, tools, window glass ... CCA ID:87-B8654 B&W, 250 p, 1900
Topics: Division 09, Paint, Painting tools, brushes, Division 08, openings, glass
[110} p., illus., 28 cm, trade catalog, Catalog No. 47J
Topics: lead, Division 22, plumbing, lead pipe, sheet lead, solder
71 -., ill., 17 cm, trade catalog
Topics: paint -- catalogs, Division 09, pigments, colors
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Harris Bros. Co.
1,833
8
0
102 p, B& W illus and photos
Topics: house plans, prefabricated houses, domestic architecture, designs and plans, prefab, kit houses
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Excelsior Stove & Manuf. Co.
1,810
2
0
40 p., illus., 28 cm, trade catalog, Catalogue No. 49
Topics: Residential kitchen appliances, Division 11, Heating stoves, Division 10, Division 23, Furnaces
Building Technology Heritage Library
by American Brass Company
1,798
0
0
1 v. (looseleaf) : 19 cm., trade catalog
Topics: brass, Division 05, copper, bronze, nickel silver
192 p. ; ill. ; 18 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: tools -- catalogs, construction tools -- catalogs, Division 41, manufacturing equipment, cutting...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by L. J. Mueller Furnace Co.
1,790
0
0
23 pl, illus., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: furnace, Division 23, HVAC, heating, air conditioning
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Allen Manufacturing Company
1,667
2
0
15 p., illus, 28 cm, trade catalog, Catalog No. 3
Topics: heating stoves, Division 10, specialties, stoves
557 p. : ill. ; 28 cm., trade catalog
Topics: laboratory equipment, Division 12, laboratory casework
Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA CORM10(ID:85-B11659),1926, 579 p, 30 cm
Topics: Division 22, Plumbing, Plumbing Fixtures, Residential Plumbing Fixtures, Commerical Plumbing...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Starke-Seybold Limited, Montreal
1,608
2
0
p. [1]-152, 201-281, 301-389, 401-462, [i]-xii, plates : ill. (some col.), samples (some mounted) ; 32 cm.; trade catalog
Topics: hardware, tools, blacksmithing, tinning, gardening and farm supplies, fencing, furnishings, auto...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., Inc.
1,580
0
0
24p, color illus, trade catalog
Topic: paints and coatings, interior decoration, Division 09, finishes
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Northern Electric Company
1,574
1
0
Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA ID CORM10;ID:91-B2036, ca. 1953, 218 p, 29 cm
Topics: Division 26, Electrical, Lighting, Interior Lighting, Exterior Lighting
Building Technology Heritage Library
by International Fibre Board Ltd
1,546
2
0
Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA ID:85-B16073, ca. 1947, 46 p, 23 cm
Topics: Division 06, Wood Plastics and Composites, Masonite Presdwood
288 p. : ill. ; 26 cm., trade catalog
Topics: bar equipment, Division 11, backbar, recreational equipment, pool tables, Division 12, hospitality...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Jungers Stove & Ranger Company
1,503
2
0
23 p. ; ill. ; 22 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: stoves -- catalogs, heaters -- catalogs, Division 23, Division 10, heating stoves, cooking stoves,...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Eagle Foundary Co.,
1,495
1
0
[31] plates, illus., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: Residential kitchen appliances, Division 11, Heating stoves, Division 10
B&W illus. and photos, CCA PO14112, 189 p, 1914.
Topics: Division 11, Wood stoves, stoves, ranges, gas stoves, kitchen appliances
Building Technology Heritage Library
by James Robertson Co. Ltd
1,484
0
0
Trade catalog, Text, Illus, CCA ID:87-B17911, 1920 - 1940, 867 p, 21 cm
Topics: Division 22, Plumbing, Plumbing Piping and Pumps, Plumbing Fixtures, Residential Plumbing Fixtures,...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Pittburgh Plate Glass Company
1,482
1
0
1 v. (approx 520 p.), ill., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: glass, glazing, Division 08, special function glazing, decorative glazing, glass production,...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Kawneer Corp.
1,399
1
0
20p, B & W illus, trade catalog
Topics: storefronts, aluminum-framed storefronts, display windows, Division 08, openings
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Black & Decker Manufacturing Co.
1,391
1
0
19 p., ill., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: power tools -- catalogs, construction tools
Building Technology Heritage Library
by General Electric Company
1,391
0
0
307 p. : ill. ; 27 cm., trade catalog
Topics: lighting, Division 26, street lighting, roadway lighting
436 p. : ill. ; 23 cm., trade catalog
Topics: drafting instruments, surveying instruments
Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA ID:85-B2633, 1935, 754 p, 19 cm
Topics: Division 21, Fire Suppression, Water-Based Fire-Suppression Systems, Division 22, Plumbing,...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Standard Sanitary Mfg. Co.
1,308
3
0
64p, B&W & color photos, trade catalog
Topic: Plumbing, plumbing fixtures, Division 22
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Stanley Electric Tools
1,304
1
0
95 p. ; ill. ; 19 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: power tools -- catalogs, Division 41, machining equipment, cutting equipment, process tools
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Sears, Roebuck & Co.
1,300
1
0
60 p., illus., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: stoves, Division 11, equipment, residential kitchen appliances, ranges, Division 10, heating stoves
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Federal Cement Tile Co.
1,299
1
0
32 p, blueprint details
Topics: Roofing, cement tile, concrete roof tile
63 p., illus., 27 cm, trade catalog
Topics: brass, copper, bronze, Division 05, metals, nails, plumbing, roofing accessories
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Brown-Blodgett Co.
1,263
7
0
104 p, B&W photos
Topics: house plans -- catalogs, domestic architecture, residential designs and plans
[8], 320 p. : ill. ; 24 cm., trade catalog
Topics: artists' materials, drafting instruments, paints
170 p. ; ill. ; 19 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: structural steel -- catalogs, Division 05, structural steel members, steel shapes, beam and column...
79 p., illus., 23 cm, trade catalog
Topics: heating stoves, Division 10, specialties, stoves, kitchen appliances, ranges
64 p, B& W and color illus and photos + 8 p brochure
Topics: house plans, prefabricated houses, domestic architecture, designs and plans
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Montgomery Ward & Co.
1,226
4
0
B & W Illus.
Topics: Plumbing, trade catalog, plumbing fixtures, Division 22
96 p., illus., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: Plumbing, Division 22, plumbing fixtures, bathrooms, residential plumbing fixtures, building...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Perfection Stove Company
1,221
0
0
23 p., illus., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: heating stoves, Division 10, specialties, stoves
Trade catalog, Text, Photographs, CCA ID:90-B4199, 1930, 16 p, 28 cm
( 1 reviews )
Topics: floodlighting, Division 26, Electrical, Lighting, Exterior Lighting
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Montgomery Ward & Co.
1,211
6
1
32 p Illus color, color samples, trade catalog
( 1 reviews )
Topic: paints and coatings, Division 09, finishes
182 p. ; ill. ; 28 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: millwork (woodwork) -- catalogs, doors -- catalogs, Division 06, Division 08, wood posts and...
1 v. (various pagings) : ill. ; 29 cm., trade catalog
Topics: lighting, Division 26, light fixtures
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Atlas Portland Cement Co.
1,185
1
0
36 p. tables, 20 cm, trade catalog
Topics: concrete -- catalogs, Division 03
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Donley Brothers Company
1,181
1
0
68 p., illus, 29 cm, trade catalog
Topics: fireplaces, Division 10, specialties, masonry fireplaces, interior decoration
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Hettrick Manuf. Co.
1,170
7
1
48p, B&W and color illus and photos, trade catalog
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Awnings, tents, outdoor furniture, canvas products, Division 10, specialties
Building Technology Heritage Library
by United States Gypsum Co.
1,165
0
0
Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photograph, CCA ID: 89-B3615, ca. 1920, 4 p, 28 cm
Topics: gypsum, roof deck, roofing, Division 07, Thermal and Moisture Protection
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Janney, Semple, Hill & Co.
1,155
1
0
290 p. ; ill. ; 26 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: stoves -- catalogs, furnaces -- catalogs, Division 10, Division 22, Division 23, heating stoves,...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Chicago, Ill. : Chicago Apparatus Co., c1931.
1,151
2
0
521 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.; trade catalog
Topics: Scientific instruments, supplies for the physics laboratory, Division 11 - Educational and...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Brown-Blodgett Co.
1,143
7
0
112 p, B&W illus and photos
Topics: house plans -- catalogs, domestic architecture, residential designs and plans